We almost got an Elijah Wood vs. Daniel Radcliffe fight at Fantastic Fest

It would have been a battle for the ages.

Middle-earth vs. Hogwarts. Hobbit vs. wizard. Sword vs. wand. Frodo Baggins vs. Harry Potter.


Austin’s own Elijah Wood almost entered into Fantastic Fest fisticuffs with Daniel Radcliffe at this year’s event, Wood said on his “Conan” appearance last Wednesday.

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It all started when Conan O’Brien brought up the Internet fascination with comparing Wood to Daniel Radcliffe.

He showed the above GIF, and Wood said he was surprised at the longevity of the joke, which stared when he was portraying Frodo Baggins in the “Lord of the Rigs” films at the same time as Radcliffe was playing Harry Potter, and the two would often get mistaken for one another.

“After a while, you think it hits the Internet and becomes a thing and people talk about it for a while, and you think, ‘OK, we get it,’ and the joke is over and it would die, but [the joke] has long legs…and it just keeps going,” he said.

Wood said the joke got so popular that it almost because the subject of a Fantastic Debate, where he and Radcliffe would have faced off in the boxing ring in full costume.

“For the longest time, they wanted to get him to do the fight, and it almost happened this year, but it got squashed at the last minute because I was like, ‘I don’t want to fight this guy,'” Wood explained. “I don’t want the culmination of the fact that we look alike to be us together in a boxing ring.”

O’Brien suggested that in the future, the two might duke it out through a Pay-Per-View match.

“People would go crazy!” O’Brien said.

Watch the full clip below, and keep your hopes up that “Elijah Wood vs. Daniel Radcliffe” will be a thing at next year’s Fantastic Fest.

GIF shows eerie similarities between Austin’s Elijah Wood and Daniel Radcliffe

Actor Elijah Wood attends the screening of ‘The Trust’ during the 2016 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Paramount Theatre on March 13, 2016 in Austin, Texas. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman.

Have you ever noticed the Boy Who Lived and Frodo Baggins have always looked a bit similar? Or at least, the actors who portray them do.

“Harry Potter’s” Daniel Radcliffe and Austin-resident Elijah Wood both stand under 5 feet 7 inches, have fair skin and large blue eyes. It’s not hard to see why people might get the two actors confused. But for anyone who argues they don’t see the resemblance, you might want to take a look at this GIF circulating on Reddit.

Created by someone a few days ago on Imgur, the GIF shows Wood morphing into Radcliffe, showing their rather creepy similarities. If you’re not paying close attention, you might just think it’s one of the actors changing expressions.


Not that this is the first time someone’s taken note of the pair’s resemblance. Here’s Radcliffe on “The Graham Norton Show” talking about one time a fan asked him to sign a photo of Wood.